Strange Passion

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African Books Collective, 2010 - Poetry - 56 pages
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In Strange Passions John Ngong Kum Ngong's vocation and prime obsession remain constant - the soul of the nation. Passion, the central symbol in this collection is the patriotic sentiment in its various manifestations. As a self-conscious artist, Ngong summons his audacious technical dexterity to sublimate the sauciness characteristic of his style and direct it towards ideological ends. The significance of his contribution is as much in the urgency, originality and authenticity of his message as in the full range and complexity of his style, and the depth and density of his thoughts.
 

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Contents

BOUND
1
FORGIVE ME MOTHER
2
DONT TAKE ME TO TASK
3
STRANGE
4
NO WONDER
6
KILLING CORPSES WITH LOVE
7
CRI DE COEUR
8
THE PARADOX
9
INDOMITABLE
29
COME BACK HOME
31
SETTLE DOWN WITH ME
32
TURNCOAT
33
MISCARRIAGE
34
MY SUN SHALL RISE
35
UNWELCOME GUESTS
36
STROLLING DOWN MEMORY LANE
37

WOOING THE SUN
10
YOU LIED
11
EYE ON GAME
12
SCRUB WITH VIGOUR
13
JOIN THE CRUSADE
15
FAECES OF HATRED
16
A STAR HAS DEPARTED
17
DEEPS OF MEMORY
19
LUCKY PEOPLE
20
DAYS DOWN SOUTH
21
THE PAIN
23
PROVOCATION
24
IF I CROSS OVER
25
MY WEIGHT HAS FALLEN
26
TELL ME
27
WATCHING THE SUN DIE
28
CRIMSON MARKS
38
LOVE THORNS
39
I WILL NOT DESPAIR
40
INTRIGUING
41
THE CANKERWORM
42
TAKEN AWAY AT DUSK
44
THE FOUNTAIN IS DRY
45
FRUITS OF INDEPENDENCE
46
I HAVE A HEART
47
DIGGING TOGETHER
48
HAVE MERCY
50
THE SILENT KILLER
52
DECENT GLUTTON
53
COME DAY OF RECKONING
55
Back Cover
59
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About the author (2010)

John Ngong Kum Ngong was born in Esu, Menchum Division, North West Region of Cameroon. He attended Cameroon Protestant College Bali, Bilingual Grammar School Molyko, Buea and the University of YaoundeT. He holds a Masters degree in African Literature and a Certificate in Reading in a foreign Language from the University of Birmingham, England. Winner of the 1st Eduart Bate Besong Ward for Poetry in 2007 for Walls of Agony.

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